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Houston Arts Alliance CEO Suddenly Steps Down

After almost a decade at the helm of HAA, Jonathon Glus bids adieu to the organization.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis February 3, 2017

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Nine years ago, Jonathon Glus joined the newly minted Houston Arts Alliance, a local nonprofit arts and culture agency that oversees civic art commissions and grants. Today, Gus unexpectedly announced his departure.

"It has been a great honor to serve as Houston Arts Alliance’s first chief executive officer over the past nine years. The time has come for me to pursue new challenges and therefore I will be resigning my position with HAA," Glus shared on the organization's website. "The past nine years the agency has evolved successfully into the public/private partnership originally envisioned in 2006. Together we created a well-respected organization that is now recognized nationally as a standard in the industry." 

The timing of the announcement comes one day after the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs announced that HAA would receive a 6 percent increase in its grant budget this year. The increased funding is part of $15.4 million that will be distributed to other art organizations, including Theater District Improvement, the Houston Museum District Association and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board.

Since the agency's inception, it has created an expansive portfolio of public art offerings and a support network for area art organizations and artists. As of today, a replacement for Glus has not been announced.

"It has been a sincere privilege to serve Houston and its many communities," he says. "I ask you to join me in celebrating the first decade in the life of Houston Arts Alliance, and in support of its future."

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